The second volume of Dreamstate’s Convergence series provides plenty of boom to traverse the energy from summer into fall.
Just around the bend from yesterday, we celebrated the release of Dreamstate Records‘ first edition of the growing Convergence series of releases. As the summer heat kicked into full gear, Dreamstate showcased four talents in the scene: two rising artists and two of the genre’s pillars of creativity energy.
This time around, Dreamstate Presents: Convergence Vol. 2 eschews the lesser names for four established and growing talents: Tempo Giusto, Allen Watts, Indecent Noise, and Eddie Bitar. While all four have etched their names into the pages of trance, each represents the tidal sway that trance fans ought to welcome with open arms. If you’ve reached into the techy side of the genre in the past five to ten years, there is little doubt you recognize these names.
That said, let’s explore each track briefly. First up is the king of tech-energy in trance right now, Tempo Giusto. His selection, “Nitro,” instantly assaults fans with aggressive action that calls hard dance into the fray. This gives way to his typical raw energy, honed over years of creative energy and a razor focus. Surprising, though, is the juvenile voice in the breakdown that layers upwards with sweeps until it gives way to the synthesizer lead. This all breaks into a raucous amount of energy purpose-built for peak hour sets. There’s even a touch of psytrance in the squeals and the bass work. In a word: banging.
Allen Watts strikes next with “Pressure.” A true-to-form uplifter, the track invites more intimacy during its breakdown. The vocal here feels haunting, especially combined with the filtering on the synthesizer background elements. The percolating melody rises like a phoenix, bringing light to the darkness, shoving aside a dark warehouse motif for the joy of positive emotions. A brake-stop effect shatters the rise into a drop that drives onward toward the stars. I swear, there is no doubt that arpeggios will rule the world someday. For those seeking a somewhat longer mix, that outro drop is a chef’s kiss. Kick it!
Track three introduces Indecent Noise. The Polish artist has been disrupting the norms for over a decade, and by gosh, Aleks never disappoints when the juices get flowing. “Rave Killing Machine” plays in the space between acid, trance, and hard dance. Banging with the energy I expected two decades ago at Sensation Black, this one cuts through the noise with rolling bass lines and drums that play to the fury. The synth stabs also call back to days long past, to the era of hard trance and hard house right at the turn of the millennium. This tune slaps, simple as that. Whether in the walls of your room, a warehouse, or out in the open, crank that volume up and let this one conquer the space. The asylum is open, thanks to the Indecent Noise!
Finally, Convergence Vol 2 rounds out with Eddie Bitar‘s “Dreams.” Eddie champions a mixture of the deeper end of psytrance mixed with tech trance attitude. “Dreams” plays in that space, with a dark, almost horror movie-reminiscent vocal laid over psytrance elements that touch on desert vibes from the Middle East. It should come as no surprise, given his Lebanese heritage, that the Holy Land’s style of psytrance bleeds into his sound. The breakdown features soft piano elements with trance stabs laid over the top of the mix before the whole track breaks into some two-step-driven progressive psytrance. This one is a tasty bit of Eddie’s catalog, so bon appetit!
As we gear up for the peak of Dreamstate season in Southern California, treat yourself to a varied take on the higher-energy sounds to be heard at the festival. It is worth noting that some of these talents will perform at the gathering in November. If you want to get a sneak peek at some of the sounds you’ll enjoy, cue up Convergence Vol. 2 on Spotify or your preferred platform.
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Dreamstate Presents Convergence Vol. 2 – Tracklist:
- Tempo Giusto – Nitro
- Allen Watts – Pressure
- Indecent Noise – Rave Killing Machine
- Eddie Bitar – Dreams